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  Presidential Commission Report on the Challenger Accident   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
NASA did not accept the judgment of its engineers that the design was unacceptable, and as the joint problems grew in number and severity NASA minimized them in management briefings and reports.
NASA has initiated efforts to examine other launch vehicle alternatives for the major NASA planetary and scientific payloads which were scheduled to utilize the Centaur upper stage.
NASA is providing assistance to the Department of Defense as it examines alternatives for those national security missions which had planned to use the Shuttle/Centaur.
www.chron.com /content/interactive/special/challenger/docs/report.html   (11574 words)

  
 NASA - Quiet Aircraft facts
In response to this, NASA is working to develop the required technologies by the year 2000.
The NASA effort to make quieter aircraft is divided into three parts: engine, nacelle (the cowling that houses the engine), and airframe.
As the Lead Center for Aeropropulsion and the Center of Excellence in Turbomachinery, Glenn Research Center is the NASA center responsible for the Engine Noise Reduction Element of the AST program.
www.grc.nasa.gov /WWW/PAO/PAIS/fs03grc.htm   (1511 words)

  
 Spaceflight Now | STS-107 Mission Report
NASA is considering five options for redesigning the so-called "bi-pod" ramp system on the shuttle's external fuel tank, the area where a chunk of foam insulation broke away during Columbia's launch, hit the left wing and possibly caused a catastrophic breach.
A NASA flight director told the Columbia Accident Investigation Board Monday he was amazed the doomed spacecraft was able to continue flying in relatively normal fashion for nearly 10 minutes while shedding multiple pieces of flaming debris as a plume of superheated air burned its way into the stricken ship's left wing.
NASA managers say an engineer's email discussing a worst-case scenario based on the assumption a foam debris impact during the shuttle Columbia's launch did, in fact, seriously damage the ship's heat-shield tiles is an example of normal "what-ifing" and not an expression of real concern that somehow failed to reach upper management.
spaceflightnow.com /shuttle/sts107   (5282 words)

  
 NASA FACTS, UFO Casebook
NASA was formed in 1958 and from the very start a number of it's astronauts and test pilots testified to sighting UFOs or craft of undetermined origin.
NASA refused to reveal any evidence that might substantiate the pilots' claims -- photographs or films were never released.
The FBI files infer that NASA was (is) withholding filmed evidence of UFOs to which the general public is being denied access and the remarks about Gemini 4 is of special interest because James McDivitt, a pilot with Gemini 4, confirmed that during the mission he did see an "unidentified object".
www.ufocasebook.com /nasafacts.html   (1158 words)

  
 Table of Contents   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
NASA and industry are collaborating to use data from space-grown crystals of human insulin to design a drug that will bind insulin, improving the treatment of diabetic patients.
With this in mind, NASA and its partners are working to integrate the latest in telecommunications, computers, and medical technologies in health care to provide our astronauts the best medical care possible.
NASA is currently conducting ground research on an automated, portable intensive care unit.
centauri.larc.nasa.gov /vcmaterials/materialsofb.html   (10581 words)

  
 CBS News Coverage of Shuttle Mission STS-114
NASA managers are hopeful whatever caused the foam to separate will be traced to an isolated problem with tank No. 121 and not a generic issue requiring a fleet-wide redesign.
NASA officials said today that foam in the area that pulled away was slightly damaged during the tank's processing, requiring a standard repair for relatively routine cracks and gouges.
NASA status reports can be found on the shuttle/station web page or the Kennedy Space Center's pre-launch status report archive.
cbsnews.cbs.com /network/news/space/current.html   (12299 words)

  
 NASA Glenn Learning Technologies Project (LTP)
One of the interesting facts about the historical development of rockets is that while rockets and rocket-powered devices have been in use for more than two thousand years, it has been only in the last three hundred years that rocket experimenters have had a scientific basis for understanding how they work.
This law of motion is just an obvious statement of fact, but to know what it means, it is necessary to understand the terms rest, motion, and unbalanced force.
While sitting "still," you are, in fact, traveling at a speed of hundreds of kilometers per second.
www.lerc.nasa.gov /Other_Groups/K-12/TRC/Rockets/rocket_principles.html   (2217 words)

  
 NASA Facts Definition / NASA Facts Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
"NASA FACTS is a collection of the United StatesThe United States of America, additionally referred to as the United States, U.S.A., U.S., US, America┬╣, the States, or (archaically) Columbia, is a federal republic of fifty states, mostly in central North America.
The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada and one with Mexico, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea, the Arctic Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean.
The NASA FACTS SCIENCE SERIES was published frequently at irregular intervals, each presenting "an analysis of a particular subject within program perimeters and scientific disciplines of interest to NASA".
www.elresearch.com /NASA_Facts   (327 words)

  
 Atmospheric Aerosols: What Are They, and Why Are They So Important
Data from satellites such as the NASA Langley Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II (SAGE II) have enabled scientists to better understand the effects of volcanic aerosols on our atmosphere.
Aerosols have been used to study the dynamics of the polar regions, stratospheric transport from low to high latitudes, and the exchange of air between the troposphere and stratosphere.
NASA's ongoing Atmospheric Effects of Aviation Project (AEAP) has measured emissions from the engines of several commercial and research aircraft.
oea.larc.nasa.gov /PAIS/Aerosols.html   (1495 words)

  
 NASA - NASA's Marshall Center Operates Relocation Assistance Center for Hurricane-Displaced NASA Employees   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
The Marshall Center continues to operate a support center for NASA personnel who evacuated or are relocating to North Alabama and the Huntsville area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Marshall is coordinating NASA's efforts to return both facilities to operability and provide support for displaced workers and their families.
NASA and Marshall Center scientists and their colleagues have concluded a month-long research mission in Costa Rica, recording unprecedented data about the birth and evolution of hurricanes and other tropical storms.
www1.msfc.nasa.gov /NEWSROOM/background/facts/cxoquick.htm   (396 words)

  
 Deep Space 2
The two miniature probes carrying ten experimental technologies each failed to respond to a final communication effort by NASA engineers.
Deep Space 2 is part of NASA's New Millennium Program, which develops cutting-edge technology and flight tests it to reduce the risk for future missions.
Review boards will be set up within NASA and JPL to study the cause of the apparent loss and explore ways to prevent a recurrence.
nmp.jpl.nasa.gov /ds2   (166 words)

  
 NASA Apollo Mission Apollo-11
Thomas Paine, the Administrator of NASA, told us that concern for our own safety must govern all our actions, and if anything looked wrong we were to abort the mission.
ALDRIN: The second burn to place us in closer circular orbit of the Moon, the orbit from which Neil and I would separate from the Columbia and continue on to the Moon, was critically important.
It was, in fact, in our view preferable both to weightlessness and to the Earth's gravity.
science.ksc.nasa.gov /history/apollo/apollo-11/apollo-11.html   (5714 words)

  
 NASA - News - Highlights
Recovery efforts at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are progressing better than originally anticipated, almost three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck.
NASA's Mars Global Survey orbiter has observed some interesting changes at Mars.
NASA Administrator Mike Griffin issued the following statement today upon the announcement that Roy Bridges, director of NASA's Langley Research Center, will retire from NASA.
www.nasa.gov /today/index.html   (215 words)

  
 The Moon
It is, in fact, over one-fourth the size of the earth, with a diameter of 2160 miles
Since the moon is a relatively near neighbor, we can measure its distance easily by geometrical methods.
In fact, the moon is about the poorest reflector in the solar system.
liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov /academy/universe/moon.html   (499 words)

  
 SPACE MOVIES CINEMA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
NASA relies upon Congress for its funding and therefore has always been very cognizant of the need for good public relations.
NASA is modifying the Apollo spacecraft, the space suits worn by the astronauts, and life support systems to permit astronauts to remain on the lunar surface up to three days during the last Apollo missions.
NASA's goal is to develop a system of telerobotics where teleoperation and robots are combined.
vesuvius.jsc.nasa.gov /er/seh/movies.html   (13700 words)

  
 Global Change /Climate Change
This variation is more pronounced in the northern hemisphere, with its greater land area, than in the southern hemisphere because of interactions in the atmosphere caused by vegetation.
A number of climate models have been developed by NASA, and one of the most detailed is a General Circulation Model (GCM) developed by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City.
An important need in the further development and verification of climate models is the acquisition, assembly, and analysis of reliable climate data.
www.maui.net /%7Ejstark/nasa.html   (1958 words)

  
 NASA Facts Online: Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiement (LASE)
NASA Langley scientists will participate in a Department of Energy (DOE) LASE field experiment on a NASA DC-8 aircraft during November and December of 2000 over the Southern Great Plains of the United States.
The main objective of this field experiment is to compare the performance of a number of advanced water vapor sensors for measuring upper atmospheric humidity -- measurements that are needed for studying the Earth's radiation budget and climate change.
These data indicate the complex and wide ranging distributions of aerosols and water vapor in the atmosphere that are mostly invisible to the naked eye.
oea.larc.nasa.gov /PAIS/LASE.html   (931 words)

  
 Mars Facts
While there are no current plans for a manned mission to Mars you can see some designs at this NASA website, Mars Mission.
Olympus Mons, a 550 km wide volcano, is the largest volcano in the solar system and covers an area about the size of Arizona.
In November 1996, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began America's return to Mars after a 20-year absence by launching the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft.
www.kidscosmos.org /kid-stuff/mars-facts.html   (672 words)

  
 Astronomy, Solar System, Planets, Sun, Mars, Stars, NASA - Harrold's Study Links DLU:6Jun05
The Workbook was originally used for training mission controllers at NASA, but was later declassified, and is a great teaching tool for physics and astronomy.
NASA's image access home page is designed to provide easy access to images released from various Solar System exploration programs.
Not only will you find facts, statistics, and historical information, but there is ample information about people throughout history associated with the solar system.
www.harrold.org /rfhextra/astronmy.html   (4871 words)

  
 Thursday's Classroom -- lesson plans and educational activities from NASA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-12)
They say NASA astronauts never landed on the Moon.
In fact, a dozen Americans have walked on the Moon and the Apollo program really did happen.
Guests on the show argued that NASA technology in the 1960's wasn't up to the task of a real Moon landing.
www.thursdaysclassroom.com /index_01apr01.html   (966 words)

  
 NASA - From Gemini to Shuttle: John Young Retires
After four decades and half a dozen space flights -- including a moonwalk and the first Shuttle mission -- veteran NASA astronaut John Young is hanging up his flight suit.
But the way the retiring astronaut describes the extraordinary achievements of his four decade career, he was merely doing his job.
Young's impressive career at NASA began in 1962 when he was selected from among hundreds of young pilots to join NASA's second astronaut class, known as the "New Nine."
www.nasa.gov /vision/space/features/young_retires.html   (1371 words)

  
 Engines 101
NASA Facts - Making Future Commerical Aircraft Quieter
It is essentially a turbojet in which rotating machinery has been omitted.
Its application is restricted by the fact that its compression ratio depends wholly on forward speed.
www.ueet.nasa.gov /Engines101.html   (2445 words)

  
 NASA - NASA Fact Sheet GRC-011 SAMS/MAMS
Two accelerometer systems developed by NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, are being used aboard the Station.
SAMS-II began operations on ISS Mission 6A when it arrived at the Space Station, and scientists at the telescience center at Glenn Research Center sent a command to turn the experiment on.
These experiments include NASA's Low Temperature Microgravity Physics Facility to be located on the Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility.
www.grc.nasa.gov /WWW/PAO/PAIS/fs11grc.htm   (1198 words)

  
 NASA Educational Resources
Astro-Venture http://astroventure.arc.nasa.gov - an interactive, multimedia Web site in which students role-play NASA careers, as they search for, and design, a planet that would be habitable to humans.
Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta and Dr. Leonard Strachanwill were available at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at the IP connection address 198.122.133.40 to answer questions and explain the purpose and goals of the Spartan 201 solar physics mission.
Live from Mars http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars -- July 4th (1997) NASA lands the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft on the Red Planet...
www.lhs.berkeley.edu /SII/URLs/NASAeducation.html   (1180 words)

  
 NASA Facts: Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE)
MARTE uses the search for life in the subsurface of the Rio Tinto as a learning experience for guiding the development of technology for drilling, sample handling and instrumentation to be used in the eventual search for subsurface life on Mars.
Sample questions address why NASA is looking to the subsurface of Mars for evidence of life, why Rio Tinto is a good analog for Mars, and how the Rio Tinto experiment will help in the exploration of Mars.
A link to a related NASA robotics lecture course is included.
serc.carleton.edu /resources/2443.html   (139 words)

  
 CNN.com - Researchers find┬áideal spot for moon base - Apr 13, 2005
Permanently sunlit areas would provide crucial solar energy for any future Moon settlement, a goal for NASA outlined last year by President George W. Bush.
Those are not highlighted by any constantly illuminated spots, the same research group concluded previously.
NASA plans a robotic reconnaissance effort in 2008 that would provide more information on polar illumination.
www.cnn.com /2005/TECH/space/04/13/nasa.moon.base/index.html   (758 words)

  
 Innovation
NASA seeks to create partnerships and cooperative activities with U.S. enterprises to develop technology that is applicable to NASA's mission technology needs and contributes to commercial competitiveness in global markets.
Please visit us at http://www.ipp.hq.nasa.gov to learn more about NASA's Innovative Partnerships program.
Cover: NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) is playing a major role in achieving the goals of the Vision for Space Exploration.
www.nctn.hq.nasa.gov /innovation/index.html   (207 words)

  
 The Sun
The outer layers of the Sun exhibit differential rotation: at the equator the surface rotates once every 25.4 days; near the poles it's as much as 36 days.
This odd behavior is due to the fact that the Sun is not a solid body like the Earth.
Similar effects are seen in the gas planets.
seds.lpl.arizona.edu /nineplanets/nineplanets/sol.html   (1420 words)

  
 Mars Introduction
This NASA Hubble Space Telescope view of Mars is the clearest picture ever taken from Earth, surpassed only by close-up shots sent back by visiting space probes.
The picture was taken on February 25, 1995, when Mars was at a distance of approximately 103 million kilometers (65 million miles) from Earth.
Towering 25 kilometers (16 miles) above the surrounding plains, volcano Ascraeus Mons pokes above the cloud deck near the western or limb.
www.solarviews.com /eng/mars.htm   (2681 words)

  
 NASA FACTS
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Contrary to the theory of global warming, NASA satellite observations...
Fact: There is no evidence of manmade global warming.
www.articlesgalore.com /documents/NASA_FACTS   (492 words)

  
 TeacherSource . Concepts Across the Curriculum . Mysteries Of the Universe Activity Ideas | PBS
Allow time for the students to work and to share their experiment with the rest of the class.
You can go to the NASA Web site and listen to "Earth Songs." Astronomers have also detected a B-flat playing in space.
Have students draw their planet using pen and paper, or a graphic software program on a computer.
www.pbs.org /teachersource/thismonth/sept04/index1.shtm   (2897 words)

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